METER Group Webinars with Dr. Colin Campbell and Dr. Doug Cobos

There will be 2 webinars held on Thursday and Friday. See below for webinar details. You can register for one or both webinars of your choice.


Webinar 1 - Dr. Colin Campbell: Recent advances in water potential instrumentation.


Webinar 2 - Dr. Doug Cobos: Recent advances in distributed sensing networks.



Webinar Details


Webinar 1 - Recent Advances in Water Potential Instrumentation

Accurate water potential measurements are critical for scientific research as well as agriculture, engineering and more. However, water potential is difficult to measure with many traps and pitfalls. METER Group have spent over 30 years developing and refining instrumentation for water potential measurements. Today, measuring water potential is easier than ever and improvements are ongoing.

In this webinar, Dr Campbell will discuss:

  • Current water potential instrumentation advantages and limitations
  • Recent advances in field devices for water potential measurements
  • How combining water potential with water content improves data interpretation
  • Several case studies from agronomic and turf industries, with relevance to engineering applications, highlight water potential technology


About the Speaker

Dr. Campbell has been a research scientist at METER for 14 years following his Ph.D. at Texas A&M University in Soil Physics.  He is currently serving as Vice President of Research, Development, Engineering, and Software.  He is also adjunct faculty with the Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences at Washington State University where he co-teaches Environmental Biophysics, a class he took over from his father, Gaylon, 14 years ago.  Dr. Campbell’s early research focused on field-scale measurements of carbon dioxide and water vapor flux but has shifted toward moisture and heat flow instrumentation for the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum.


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Webinar 2 - Recent Advances in Distributed Sensing Networks

Distributed sensing networks are increasingly important for scientific research projects, environmental and resource monitoring, agriculture and horticulture, as well as providing decision makers with critical, time sensitive data. Installing and managing large networks needs to be cost effective and relatively low maintenance. METER Group have spent over 30 years developing and refining instrumentation for distributed sensing networks. Today, collecting and collating data from many sources over vast areas is easier than ever.

In this webinar, Dr Cobos will discuss:

  • Advantages and limitations of past and current distributed sensing networks
  • Recent advances in wireless technology with internet access
  • The value of spatially distributed sensing network versus single location measurements
  • Several case studies focusing on the ATMOS 41 Weather Station with the ZL6 Data Logger
  • An overview of TAHMO - a distributed sensing network of over 20,000 weather stations across Africa


About the Speaker

Dr. Cobos is a Research Scientist and the Director of Research and Development at METER.  He also holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Washington State University where he co-teaches Environmental Biophysics.  Doug’s Masters Degree from Texas A&M and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota focused on field scale fluxes of CO2 and mercury, respectively.  Doug was hired at METER to be the Lead Engineer in charge of designing the Thermal and Electrical Conductivity Probe (TECP) that flew to Mars aboard NASA’s 2008 Phoenix Scout Lander.  His current research is centered on instrumentation development for soil and plant sciences.


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